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good morning. say what? >> would you please raise my taxes? >> a retired executive throws president obama a rather surprising question during a town hall forum as speculation grows over the role governor chris matthews could play in the future of the republican party. moments of dramatic video from on top of the washington monument during the earthquake. we'll talk to the park ranger who was there. and laughing matter.
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ellen degeneres calls for paramedics after complaining of chest pains after taping of her show, then later jokes with her audience. >> the paramedics were strippers i had called. >> and says she's totally fine. "today" tuesday, september 27th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> and i'm lester holt in for matt this morning. you said, say what? the president was probably wondering the same thing. a guy gets up and says will you raise my taxes. the president wants to raise taxes on wealthier americans and what he heard was music to his ears. >> we'll get more on the renewed
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calls for governor chris matthews to jump into the race. he has been insisting he wouldn't run but would he consider being a running mate. opening statements in the criminal trial of michael jackson's personal physician and the singer's oldest son, prince, is on the prosecution's witness list. will he be called to testify about his father's death? we're live at the courthouse coming up. >> that's right, lass man da knox is back in court after a gruelling day on monday where she was blasted by one lawyer involved in the case. the latest in a live report from italy as well. we'll talk exclusively to the parents of a 14-year-old new york boy whose tragic suicide is casting a spotlight on teen bullying. why they refuse to let their son's death be in vain. before we get to all of that we begin to with the presidential politics. chuck todd, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann.
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all of the presidential incumbents are scattered around the country raising money this week. it's chris matthews who is raising eyebrows this morning. >> hello, l.a. >> reporter: the president's gone hollywood for one night headlining a fund-raiser monday at the hollywood house of blues. >> four more years! >> reporter: $250 a person to get in, $10,000 to get a picture with the president. >> if all of you are willing to press on with me, i promise you, i promise you we will remind the world why america is the greatest nation on earth. >> reporter: mostly the president is raising money for his re-election campaign hoping to pull in about $148 from this three-state tour but also sneaking in campaigning for his new jobs plan. both audiences are notably friendly. >> would you please raise my taxes? >> reporter: using the job networking site linkedin for
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town hall meeting he heard from retired google executive doug edwards who said he wanted more spending on job training, education and phrain structure. >> i appreciate the fact you recognize we're in this thing together. >> reporter: rick perry's coming to the capitol today to raise money. still regrouping from his poor debate performance, perry's camp takes comfort in a new cnn poll still showing him ahead of romney but republicans uneasy with both perry and romney have launched another effort to convince new jersey governor chris matthews to run, although he continues to maintain he doesn't want to. >> you don't feel that deeply in your heart that it is, then you have no business asking anybody for their money or their vote. >> reporter: but christie has a schedule that rifles any presidential candidate hitting three key states including a speech today at the reagan library, nancy reagan personally extended the invitation. >> this is enormously
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flattering, it enhances his prestige, his position in the party. it certainly doesn't hurt his chances of being picked as a running mate, and then finally, it elevates his stature down the road if he decides to run for president in 2016 or 2020. >> reporter: there's a lot of tea leaf reading going on with chris matthews and whether he would jump in. former new jersey governor tom caine says the governor is thinking of it and the title for christie's speech at the reagan library "real american exceptionalism" that's the speech title that a presidential candidate might give, lester. >> chuck todd, thanks. nicole wallace is a political strategist and served as white house communications under george w. bush and author of a new novel "it's classified." the book is called "it's classified" it's not classified. >> not anymore. >> clhris christie says he's no
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reading his lips. >> the danger is that independent voters are truly up for grabs in a way that they haven't been in the last two presidential cycles and if we continue to disparage or field we run the risk of turning them off. >> talk to me about rick perry, a couple of uneven shall we say performances in debates, he lost, came in second in the florida straw poll despite xheeting thexheet in competing there. >> people's central problem with rick perry he isn't enough like mitt romney. he isn't smooth enough. he hasn't smoothed out the edges which are revealed when anyone steps on to the national political stage for the first time but the problem with that judgment of him is that mitt romney's problem for the last five years is that he doesn't have enough of perry's guts or straight talk or feistiness, so i think we're really in this quagmire of wanting what we
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can't have. >> is the party looking between the two guys like who else is out there? we keep hearing chris christie. would it the party welcome a centrist? >> i don't think so. i think that's a long shot at best but i this i ththink the p is to looking for agaging in se behaviors saying i'm not interested in the candidates. >> it was called "polarizing trends costing us the ability to execute even the most basic functions of government" he talked about politicians forced to play to hard core elements of their base. is this what we're seeing in the republican race right now? is the voice of the independent simply not being heard? >> it reminds me a little bit of what was the defeat of hillary clinton. she was an establishment in the
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contest. the democrats went for someone more exciting, more to the left on foreign policy and other issues and i think you hear a lot of people certainly in this town with a little bit of buyer's remorse. >> plenty of time on your hand, now out of the white house, to write books. it's classified as your second, sequel to "18 acres" which featured a female president. >> this novel gets at one's fitness to serve, a female vice president who is hiding a debilitating mental illness from the white house staff and the president and it's about really how washington becomes engulfed in the hunt for the truth about this woman's fitness for office. >> all right, nicole wallace always great to have you. >> thank you so much. now let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories from natalie morales. >> good morning, everyone. a federal government shutdown has likely been averted after senate leaders agreed to a compromise that would keep the country up and running through
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november 18th but the move forced the senate to abandon plans to replenish disaster aid funds, instead a smaller aid package will move forward. protesters camping out on wall street got an unexpected visit last night from filmmaker michael moore. the protest against corporate greed is in its second week. protest called moore's visit a moral boost. some video released of a police officer using pepper spray on women during that standoff saturday. the nypd calls the officer's actions appropriate. and now let's head to wall street, a government watchdog says billions of dollars of settlements between fannie mae, freddie mac and bank of america were not supervised. courtney, good morning. >> good morning. the inspector general for the federal finance agency is saying freddie mac wasn't aggressive enough when it came to reviewing
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loans. critical of a january settlement between freddie and bank of america that resolved $1.3 billion worth of loan claims, the fhfa says that freddie mac may be passively absorbing billions of dollars in losses that it could have avoided in an attempt to maintain business relationships with bank of america and other large clients. natalie, back to you. >> courtney regan, thank you. a peruvian tv station has claimed it has obtained video of joran van der sloot claiming yes to killing stephany flores. van der sloot would be willing to confess to a simple homicide charge. van der sloot is a long time suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of american teen natalee holloway in aruba.
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paramedics were called for ellen degeneres' tight pains. >> i woke up in the middle of the night, chest pains, something was heavy on my chest and it was a cat so i moved it. i still felt tightness, and that's because there were two cats. let me just say, i'm fine, i'm fine and the paramedics were strippers that i had called, and so -- >> she went on to thank those paramedics for caring so much. good thing she took it seriously. 7:11, let's turn it back to ann, lester and al. >> better to be safe than sorry. she tweeted "thank you for your concern. i wasn't feeling great so i called the paramedics. the mouth to mouth was fine but
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totally not needed." meantime mr. roker is here. >> the upper level low will not get out of here, talking about it since last week, it is still sitting and spinning around there, the upper midwest bringing showers. rainfall amounts from about one to two inches of rain, nothing too horrible but a bit of a pain and as we look at the rest of the country we've got showers making their way into the pacific northwest, heat continues in the southwest, cooler through chicago today, upper 50s with some showers and more rain down through the southeast, risk of strong thunderstorms along the >> good morning. off and on showers. someretty thick fog this morning.
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that's your latest weather. lester? >> al, thanks. it's another emotional day at the murder/conviction appeal of amanda knox a day after one lawyer used harsh words to describe the american college student. nbc's keith miller is in perugia where he's followed the case every step of the way. keith, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, leather. in these final days of at peel the actual gloves are off with both the prosecution and the defense trying to deliver a knockout blow. the result will be amanda knox and her co-defendant being set free or spending the rest of their lives in prison. the intensity of the closing arguments is taking a toll on everyone. amanda knox entered the courtroom looking exhausted. this morning, attorneys for raffaele sollecito, knox's
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co-defendant launched their closing defendants. they will hammer away at the prosecution's dna evidence which independent forensic scientists call unreliable. the prosecution says its theory that knox and her former boyfriend murdered meredith kercher in a sex game gone wrong is rock solid. on monday lawyers for the civil plaintiffs attacked knox's character. the lawyer for a man falsely accused by knox of being the murderer called her a she devil. the college student from seattle, her eyes cast down, was described as a spell-casting witch, who devoted her life to sex, drugs and alcohol. knox's father, sitting nearby, was visibly upset. >> the all-out assault on adm a amanda's character and who she is was so over the top it was incredible. i mean it was tough to listen to and it was tough for amanda to
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listen to as well. >> reporter: the lawyer representing the victim's family failed to clear the court. there was a gasp in the courtroom which is always clear to the press before grew some pictures are displayed. one woman broke down in tears, another called the prosecutor evil, and was escorted from the courtroom. the civil lawyer, francesco maresca apologized for the lapse but said the photo illustrated his point that more than one person murdered kercher. a verdict could come within a week and we're told that the family of the victim will prafl here to perugia to hear the decision of the two judges and six jurors. lester? >> keith miller, thanks. it is 7:15. once again here's ann. >> laster thanks. if you find you have to leave home earlier and earlier just to make it on time you're not alone. a new report says rush hour is hardly living up to its name and
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costing us a lot of money. tom costello is in potomac, maryland, with the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. aside 270 behind me. we're spending five hours less in traffic than we did six years, the poor economy and less traffic on the road are the reasons but still all the waiting that we do is costing us more than $700 each, each year. >> folks would like to double their speed this morning. no can do. >> reporter: from the left coast to the right, rush hour these days amounts to six hours of going nowhere fast. >> i just hate it. i mean, what's more to say about traffic than you hate it in. >> take a deep breath, i'm going to be stuck in traffic, nothing i can do, out of my hands and try to make the most of it. >> reporter: turns you the he and we are in good company. look at this, in 1982 the average computer spent 14 hours waiting in traffic.
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by 1992, that was up to 28 hours. today, it's 34 hours of lost time. but when the competent recovers, we could all be facing another three hours of delay by 2015 and seven hours by 2020. that's 41 hours stuck in traffic each year. researchers at texas a&m did this study. we talked to tim lomax via skype. >> we haven't built enough system, whether it's roads or transit to handle the population and employment growth we've seen over the last decade or so. >> reporter: the top ten worst commuting cities, metro washington, d.c., with 74 lost hours per year, chicago follows with 71, l.a. with 64, then houston, new york metro, baltimore, san francisco, denver, boston, dallas and minneapolis, and here's an interesting factoid, 40% of the delays occur in the midday and overnight hours. >> i drive around like 10 or 20 hours a week, i'm stuck in
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traffic all the time. >> reporter: one contributing factor, the condition of our roads and bridges. >> one in nine bridges are deficient, every second of every day an american driver crosses a deficient bridge in bad need of repair. >> reporter: that's 69,000 bridges. meanwhile the economic cost of all this congestion, $100 billion. >> slow drive on the 405 from about roscoe up. >> reporter: a slow drive indeed. all right, one way that we could address this issue, one way would be to allow businesses to modify work schedules for employees, a lot of them have come in earlier or later, so hopefully you can free up the highways. 4:00 a.m. as a work time start time might not be a bad idea, right, ann? >> that's right. >> we kind of know about that don't we. >> listen, you really don't want to know about that. tom costello thank you so much this morning. >> close to home. some pretty frightening new video, showing what it was like to be inside the washington
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monument when the earthquake struck the d.c. area last month. it shows people including a park ranger at the top of the monument racing for the stairs, as you can see the building started to shake quite violently. >> nicky williams was the park ranger on duty that day. good morning. >> good morning. >> there you were somewhat 500 feet up, the mortar is starting to fall from the building. there isn't any audio on this surveillance tape but can you tell us what it sounded like, what it felt like to be that high during this earthquake? >> it was very frightening and you see the video that i almost instantly look at the camera that's filming me because the metal apparatus for the elevator began to zing and shake. you have people crying out screaming. i eventually make the decision we're going to run down the stairs, i start shouting out go down the stairs, that's when you see the group of people follow me down the stairs, very loud,
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very noisy but eventually everyone's working together with me. >> nicky, what did you think was happening, washington, d.c., terror is on your minds. was that the first thought you had, this was some sort of attack? >> that was the first thought i had, some sort of attack, but i figured whatever was happening the best place was not at the top, but the bottom of the monument. my next thought was to get out of there. >> in terms of how long it took to you get out, you also helped an elderly woman get out. sounds as though it took you a little bit longer than it took the others. how long did it take you to get out? >> well we were fortunate, of the 20 people up there, the rest of them were able to rush down the stairs. when i assisted that woman down it took us about ten minutes and it was about two minutes into the whole ordeal is when finally it comes across my radio that it is an earthquake, it was not an attack. i was able to comfort myself and the woman i was helping down the stairwell. >> meantime, plenty of cracks they discovered in the monument
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itself. i hear they're going to rappel down and take a closer look today. >> yeah, they're going to go out all four of the windows and rappel fun all four sides. >> we can see from your eyes a degree of relief that it was just an earthquake. would you -- rather than a terrorist attack. would you say you have any issues of going back up inside the monument to do your job? >> if they can guarantee me that it is going to be stable and secure i will go back. >> okay, well there you go, they've got to guarantee it's going to be stable and secure. thanks so much, nicky, for joining us. good luck and congratulations on doing the right thing up there. >> thank you. >> for all of our friends on the west coast discounting that quake look at the video. >> pretty scary for a lot of people. coming up the manslaughter trial of michael jackson's personal physician gets under way today. will the singer's oldest son be called to testify about what he saw the night of his father's death? we'll get the latest and also hear from jackson's brother,
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>> good morning, everyone. 7:26, here's a look at one of our top stories this morning. the patterson built star football player is charged with raping a 14-year-old girl.
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he is accused of raping the girl in her bedroom after she passed out from a night of drinking. she could face up to -- he could face up to seven years in prison if convicted. >> the frog is really becoming an issue out there. accidents in several locations right now. accident coming in from sparks road, the hills board expressed, looking at a lot of fog there as well. as the beltway, checking on a reported accidents, headed down to the beltway because of those west side delays. watch for an accident in rogers. looking for a circle on the north side, all the way over to the outer loop. quick, liveou a look outside. barry fog it -- very foggy on interstate 70. take your time there.
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that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. tony, over to you. >> thick fog and heavy rain out there in some neighborhoods moving across the northern parts of carol and frederick county. elsewhere, it is just light rainfall and drizzle. use as much extra time this morning is in need. variable clouds and a chance for a shower or thunderstorm. the thick fog this morning, high temperature of 79. a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms on wednesday and thursday. cool and dry over the weekend. cool and dry over the weekend.
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7:30 now on this tuesday morning, september 27th, 2011. pretty happy looking crowd this morning gathered outside in rockefeller plaza. despite some dreary weather we're happy they woke up early to spend time with us and give them time to wave to their families back home. i'm ann curry alongside lester holt in for matt this morning. so great to see you. coming up the ongoing search
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for answers in the death of an american on a border lake in texas. >> david and tiffany hartley were jet skiing. david body has never been recovered. coming out his wife will speak out in a live interview. >> a brave woman. a criminal investigation is now under way in connection with a suicide of a 14-year-old new york boy, jamey, who took his own life after his family said he was victimized by bullies online and at that school and now that boy's parents are preaching a message of tolerance. we'll hear from them exclusively coming up this morning. later on we'll try to lighten things up and show you how to get creative with coupons. one family who trimmed their grocery bill by $1,000 a month will reveal their secrets for big savings. >> $1,000 a month? that's what we'll start doing. >> start clipping. we begin with the manslaughter trial of michael
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jackson's personal physician dr. conrad murray. nbc's lee cowan is outside the courthouse in los angeles. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, this is certainly going to be a highly publicized trial. all of it starting today will be televised, the jury made up of seven men, five women. half of them already told the judge they're michael jackson fans. still this isn't michael jackson's trial, it's his doctors. if the defense has his way the king of pop is going to be on trial, too. ♪ >> reporter: it was one of the last rehearsals of his life. his brother says the superstar was anything but the superstar of oweld. >> i couldn't believe he was the same person. >> reporter: different how? >> he was a skeleton. >> reporter: the "this is it" tour start was three weeks away and in an effort to battle chronic insomnia, jackson had
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started using proepofol as a sleep aid. two days later -- >> we have a gentleman here, he's not breathing. >> reporter: michael jackson was gone. >> we're trying to pump him but he's not, he's not -- >> okay. >> reporter: the cause? an overdose of propofol administered prosecutors say by jackson's physician, dr. conrad murray. former prosecutor now defense attorney robin sachs. >> they'll look at the fact he administered propofol in a home, no the a hospital setting. >> reporter: he insists he's not to blame. >> your honor i'm an innocent man. >> reporter: pled not guilty to voluntary manslaughter. jackson's brother who wrote about his feelings in a new book with a lot of questions. >> we need to find out why, why,
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why. >> reporter: the prosecution will focus on conrad murray the doctor, the defense is expected to focus on michael jackson the entertainer. ♪ >> reporter: jackson's fans remember a shining career that spanned a lifetime from child phenon to the king of pop but jackson's extreme talent had a dark side, too. his odd and sometimes controversial lifestyle, the marriages, the surgeries, his acquittal of child molestation charges had taken their toll. the defense will try to paint jackson as a man under so much pressure to deliver a successful tour that drugs were his only hope. linda deutsche is a veteran reporter of celebrity trials. >> the defense will argue he was under great stress, he couldn't sleep because of the stress and that he was demanding more and more drugs to get him to sleep. >> reporter: so much his defense team says it may not have been murray who administered the fatal dose of propofol, it might have been jackson himself. >> that michael jackson could have been the one to take it
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himself, that in and of itself could amount to reasonable doubt. >> reporter: but that could be a risky strategy. >> you can't blame the victim for his own death. you can try, but whether a jury will accept it is another question. >> reporter: ann that jury could be in for the long haul. the trial is expected to last up to five weeks. the jury is not sequestered. the judge warned they have to try to stay away from the publicity but in a case like this a lot of people are worrying that may be just shy of impossible. >> thank you so much. lee cowan. savannah guthrie, and star jones, good morning to you two. >> good morning. >> the charge of involuntary manslaughter basically raises the question, was the defendant reckless or negligent and did someone die because of that. in this particular case the prosecution talking about whether conrad murray should have been using the drug propofol in a nonsurgical setting. >> propofol is state-of-the-art
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when it comes to anesthetics right now. no one uses it outside of a surge cat setting, i've not heard any doctor say that's acceptable much less in someone's home without monitoring equipment, life saving equipment and some sort of anesthetist nurse. >> we've heard from lee's report the defense will be talking about how michael jackson was an addict and that he may actually have administered this drug to himself at times. it sounds as though the victim is going to become the person on trial here. >> in some ways that's clearly what the defense wants to do. the judge limited what the defense is going to be able to present in terms of michael jackson's past drug use, his lifestyle, but some of that will come in and eventually some of the defense's argument, it wasn't dr. conrad murray who administered the fatal dose of propofol, it was michael jackson himself. however the issue of involuntary manslaughter is whether or not this doctor deviated from the standard of care, whether it was
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gross negligence and the prosecutor also make an argument using propofol, the powerful anesthetic in any other context but inside a hospital room will amount to that negligence. >> one of the people on the list it to testify it michael jackson's son, prince, and that speaks to the fact that he was called into the room when all this went down. >> most people don't realize that the child does not just play a part as the son of the victim. he is an actual eye and ear witness to behaviors immediately prior to and following his father's death. he will know what the room looked like. he'll be able to give his own keen observations. one of the concerns is, as a child, will they allow cameras to cover his testimony, and i understand that the lawyers are going to be arguing that at the very least no cameras will be trained on him while he's testifying. >> just the specter of this case, the jurors acknowledged they were once fans of michael
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jackson. >> i was. i know very many in my age group that are not. >> that is the problem finding a jury that hasn't heard of him. >> and a lot of the jurors have heard about the prior criminal allegations against michael jackson who was of course acquitted of accusations of child,. yes i think half of the jurors said i used to be a fan of michael jackson. they'll know about this entire person and i think they have vowed and taken an oath they can set aside their prior feelings about him and judge the case on its facts. >> some think the legacy of michael jackson will be on trial. we have this fantasy of who our icon is, when the covers are peeled back i'm really afraid from a fan's perspective we're not going to feel the same way. >> we'll find out what happens, it's just getting started. thank you so much, star and savannah. now let's get a check of the weather from al. >> thank you so much. let's see what's happening out
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there, we have a nice group of folks, still a little on the humid side. temperatures, 90s through southern texas, on into the southwest, 60s around the great lakes, move into tomorrow the 60s start to make their way a little further east, pacific northwest as well, and then as we move on into thursday, you can see that cooler weather stretching from the plains into new england, finally starting to feel more like fall, heat continues down in texas. more wet weather in the pacific northwest, showers continue here in the northeast, the upper level low around the great lakes bringing showers there and wet weather through thehe >> good morning. off and on showers. some pretty thick fog this morning.
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>> don't forget, check your weather any time of the day or or not, go to the weather channel on cable or online. a wife's quest for justice, nearly a year after her husband was shot on a u.s./mexico border lake. she'll be speaking out exclusively in a live interview coming up right after this. [ laughs ] [ laughs ] [ laughs ] [ laughs ] that's awesome.
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david's wife exclusively but first nbc's janet shaleyan has more. >> as the investigation drags on, david hartley's body has yet to be found but tiffany remains committed to bringing him home. david and tiffany hartley had one more adventure planned in texas before moving back home to colorado, a sightseeing trip, jet skiing on a reservoir separating mexico and the united stat states. a routine traffic stop captured david's final hours. >> where are you headed to? after visiting an old church on the mexican side the couple was headed baaing to the u.s. shore when their lives changed forever. mexican pirates on speedboats started firing at them. david was shot in the head. tiffany tried to save her husband but the barrage of bullet was relentless. she made a heartwrenching
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decision to leave david behind, her life hanging in the balance. after reaching safe ground, tiffany called 911. >> are you sure that your husband got shot? >> yes, in his head. >> was he thrown out of the jet ski, he's in the water or something? >> he was thrown off the jet ski and i couldn't pick him up to get him on mine. >> we just plead we get him back. >> reporter: mexican officials began casting doubt on her story. she never wavered. >> i don't have anything except for my word. >> reporter: a private tragedy, an international incident. shining a bright light on the violent mexican drug war. mexican police searched for david and the investigation honed in on zetta drug cartel members. two weeks into the case the investigator was brutally murdered. with the search called off for david's body tiffany final i had had to face back moving home alone? how are you going to go on,
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going to start a new life back in colorado without david. how? >> i don't know. i just know i've got god's grace behind me and i know he has a plan and that's all i can stand on right now. >> reporter: a plan that has included speaking out, reminding everyone just how dangerous the border can be. >> the cartel members are taking over mexico, and they're killing anyone in their way. >> reporter: almost a year later, the investigation into david's death moved slowly. >> the heart of the investigation is continuing, we have not stopped. it's ate matter of trying to coordinate between two countries. >> reporter: just last week, tiffany and david's mom returned to falcon lake, they continue the fight to bring david home. >> honey i miss you so much. >> reporter: as they still wrestle with their grief. >> you'll always carry a place in our heart forever. >> according to the state department 111 americans were killed in mexico last year,
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nearly half near the texas border and none of the crimes have been solved. >> tiffany hartley is with us exclusively. thank you for being here. talk about the trip back to falcon lake no, justice over the last year and you don't have david back. tell me about the sense of emptiness that you're feeling. >> well it was definitely a hard day to go back. there was still a little bit of joy of us at the time in august and enjoying the lake. it's a beautiful lake but it's, the hardest part for me was leaving the lake, because i felt like i was leaving him all over again, and there's nothing i could do to get him home. >> so much of the important work should be taking place on the mexican side of the border, we noted the investigator in the case, the lead investigator was murdered. do you feel that was the point that the search really ended? >> yeah, yeah, i think after he was murdered, they kind of ended the search. you know, the cartels, they put threat into you and they threaten the military and the
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police, local police, so. >> do you on some level understand what they're going through or is there still a sense of frustration that they've dropped it on all levels? >> i understand what they're going through but at the same time i feel like our government could also do more. i mean we do more when the, like the i.c.e. agent, when he was killed, the government did more on that and i think they should do more with us. >> the local sheriff has been active in texas in the investigation. is that where you're getting most of your information? >> yeah, he's been a real help. really outside of that, we don't have much communication with anyone else. >> the mexican authorities at one point early on doubted your story. what was that like to have people question your story, and even suggest that maybe you had something to do with david's death? >> it was hard, but i, you know, i've stood in my truth and i was there that day, so i know what happened, and i had to just rely
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and believe god would take care of me and bring people forward to say what they heard that day, like the people who heard the gunshots that day. >> you've been very public in sharing your story, you've testified at numerous occasions speaking out about border security issu. what is driving you here? is it your own quest for personal justice or is there a cautionary tale here you want told? >> i think there's a little bit of both. i think it's, you know, finding justice for us, getting david home and on top of that there's a bigger issue that david and i and the situation that we are in there is a bigger issue, there is a bigger light to this whole story of what's going on the border that america doesn't know and i feel like i need to do that, i need to be their voice, i need to be the people who can't speak out. i need to help them be able to say what they want to say, about you they haven't, because they fear for of their lives. >> ann called you brave a few moments ago. you certainly are, and we thank you for coming on and talking
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>> put it another check on your morning commute. >> if you are going to head out over the next few minutes, give yourself some extra time. especially if you are traveling north on interstate 95. traffic has been slow down toward the beltway.
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13 miles per hour from rice town down to edmonton. beginning approaching 95 toward the herald board expressway, looking at delays on 95. we have an accident in the sparks region, 11 miles per hour. a lot going on out there. 31 minutes is your drive time. getting you from 75 over toward 83, you can see how it is on pulaski highway. we will switch over to live view traffic, so far looking good at the harbor tunnel this morning. tony? >> good morning, everyone. fog and drizzle out there in some areas.
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8:00 now on this tuesday morning, it's the 27th day of september, 2011, right around 70 degrees here in midtown manhattan. however, the clouds are an indication it could rain later. we'll find out from al what the story is about that. outside on the plaza i'm ann curry and lester holt and the
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aforementioned al roker. an important topic in the next half hour, a story about a 14-year-old boy, his name was jamey rodemeyer, he was tormented in school, come tout to say he was gay and fought back against the torment becoming an activist against bullying even making a video for the "it gets better" project but jamey took his own life a week ago, his parents are vowing to carry on their son's work and they're joining us. there they are on the sofa this morning to talk about this exclusively coming up. >> brave folks, good to have them here also having an ongoing conversation in new york at nbc about education, how to fix our nation's schools and one of our guests today former first lady laura bush will offer her thoughts on what it will take to improve our educational system. >> that's right. later on an inside look at the world of extreme couponing, one family is going to share their secrets. they use coupons and slash their monthly grocery bill by $1,000.
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>> that is just remarkable. you're bon dwondering how they that. >> a lot of organizing and discipline. >> maybe that's a road map for the rest of us. a check of the weather, are we going to have some rain? >> we are. are we going to go the news first? >> oh, that's right, oh i'm so sorry. natalie, forgive me. >> thanks for remembering me, al, lester and ann, good morning, everyone. president obama tours a high school and he talks up his jobs bill today in denver. last night at a hollywood fund-raiser he told supporter s people are wary and the energy of the campaign will be handled in a different way. new jersey governor chris christie is speaking today at the reagan presidential library in california, as republicans try to draft him for a presidential run. the appeal of american
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college student amanda knox convicted of stabbing her roommate to death in italy on monday the victim's family shocked the courtroom by pronging gruesome photos of the victim. defense attorneys will attack the prosecution's dna evidence. knox is expected to testify later this week. the united nations security council will hold a formal meeting tomorrow to consider the palestinian request for full recognition as a state. the u.s. threatened to veto any statehood bid arguing that direct talks between the palestinians and israel are the only route to lasting peace. fatherhood may be good for man's health. the largest study to date of men's fertility dads are less likely than childless men due to heart related problems. and the u.s. postal service is ending its long time rule that stamps cannot honor people that are still alive. a person had to be deceased for several years before they could
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appear on a stamp but now the post office is taking suggestions from the public on which living legend to live first. the change came so honorees could see their stamps. trend of what you are talking about ontyn, the dead sea scrolls are a hot topic. israel's national museum and google put five of the scrolls on monday along with english translations. the scrolls found more than a half century ago include the oldest known surviving copies of biblical documents. according to tmz warner brothers will pay the fired "two and a half men" star $25 million and another for syndication rights. you might call that winning. bad buzz for "jersey shore" governor chris christie has blocked a tax credit for the
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show because he says it hurts the state's image. it is 8:04 right now. back outside to al with a check of your weather. >> today's weather from education nation's learning plaza is brought to you by microsoft. who believes every student has the right to a quality education, and that technology can help. >> and i am back here at nbc's education nation plaza. it's the nbc news education nation experience, and what's kind of cool among the activities here, we all have these words probably on our refrigerator wall, we've got a giant version. how will you help create an education nation? you can come in and change a lot of these words around from knowledge, economy, community, country, all great words, to help you inspire and leave a message on this wall. let's check your weather, see what's going on, and we'll show you for today, we are looking at our pick city, toledo, ohio,
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holy toledo. nbc 24, partly cloudy, mild, 71 degrees, you can see that upper level low just spinning around the great lakes, taking its own sweet time getting kicked out of here, eventually will by the end of the week. moisture along the southeast and atlantic coast, could be a risk of strong storms. showers in the pacific northwest. the sunshine continues from the southwest on into southern california, 87 degrees today in the los angeles area, showers in the northeast as well, hit or miss thunderstorms around the >> could morning. maybe a thunderstorm in some areas. -- good morning. you might get a peak of the sun in the afternoon.
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today is actually the final day of our education nation experience, so if you're in the new york area come on down to rockefeller plaza and experience it all. you want more information? go to our website lester? >> al, thanks very much. up next the tragic suicide of a 14-year-old boy, leading to renewed calls to end bullying. we'll talk to his parents and hear their message after this. [ laughs ]
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earlier this month he was found dead outside his own home of an apparent suicide. we'll ta you can to jamey's parents exclusively in a moment but first the powerful message jamey leaves behind. here's nbc's kate snow. >> reporter: at his funeral an outpouring of love, family, friends, complete strangers, all paying tribute to jamey rodemeyer, all hoping a tragic loss can send a message of tolerance. >> hey, jen. just want to say i love you, and how amazing you are. >> reporter: like a lot of 14-year-old boys, jamey was quiet and insecure one moment, joking around the next. his online videos were part diary, part empowerment. his family says he was a victim of bullying and he often talked about it. >> you should give for everyone, gay, straight or bi, transgender. >> reporter: hindsight from may of this year just after jamey
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came out to friends and family. >> i'm just here to tell you it does get better. >> reporter: he recorded this video for the it gets getter project a nationwide campaign to tell gay teens that life does eventually get better but jamey clearly struggled with comments people made about him. >> it would be like "faggot, fag" and taunt me in the hallways. i felt i could never escape it. >> reporter: september 8th he commented "i always say how bullied i am but no one listens." days later post aid lyric from a lady gaga song "don't forget me when i come crying to heaven's door." the day before his death he sent lady gaga a message on twitter "bye mother monster. thank you for all you have done." september 18th jamey was found dead outside buffalo home, a victim of suicide. >> let's do this one for jamey. >> reporter: over the weekend lady gaga dedicated a concert to
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jamey rodemeyer asking fans to take a stand in his memory. she tweeted "bullying must become illegal." it is a hate kroo im. this must end. our generation has the power to end it. about the singer spoke with president obama on sunday at a fund-raising event in california. the two talked briefly about the president's anti-bullying campaign. >> hold your head up and you'll go far, because that's all you have to do, just love yourself and you're set. >> reporter: jaimy rode mire's cry for help went unanswered. but his mother has vowed to carry on jamey's work, standing up for bullied teens. >> it was so important to him and it took him away from our family, way too early. >> reporter: kate snow, nbc news, new york. >> jamey's parents, tracy and tim rodemeyer join us exclusively now. i know he died just a week ago. he was buried just last weekend, our condolences, everyone
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watching is sorry for you. >> thank you. >> he had some pretty ugly comments posted online to him, i'm going to read a couple of them to you because i know you're here because you want to make a difference so let's talk about that. some of the comments were "jamey, you're stupid, gay, fat and ugly. he must die." another post read "i wouldn't care if you died, no one would, so just do it. it would make everyone way more happier." these comments, is it true, continued even after he died? >> yes. yes, it was the first day of his wake, and my daughter, we let her go to the school dance because it was homecoming week that jamey was really looking forward to, and we thought it would be great for her to be with all her friends and she was texting that she was having a great time, then all of a sudden a lady gaga song came on and they call started chanting for jamey, all his friends and
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whatever, and then the bullies that put him into this situation started chanting "you're better off dead, we're glad you're dead," and things like that and my daughter came home all upset, and you know, it was supposed to be a time for her to grieve and have fun with her friends, and it turned into bullying even after he's gone. >> tim, what explains this in your mind? this hate toward your son? >> i can't grass. in my mind. i don't know why anyone would do that. they have no heart. basically what it comes down to, to me. >> there are more than 4,500 suicides committed by people ages between the ages of 10 and 24, last year, in the united states. do you see, and many we don't know how many but some of those kids, perhaps a lot of them, a significant number even perhaps, are gay kids.
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do you see that this could be part of a bigger problem? >> oh, definitely. i mean, jamey's been talking about bullying as a whole since he was in fifth grade, and it's just as time goes by, we're hearing, you know, more and more stories, just in the couple days of his wake and the day of his funeral, all of the parents and kids that have come to us and seen, you know, just telling us about what is still happening out there, and what is happening, all of them saying oh my kids were bullied, they were bullied for three years or i'm a kid and i've been bullied for the last two or three years and all the same story and it's just got to stop. >> do you think our churches, our politicians and other adults who adhere to an anti-gay message enable some of this hate? >> yes, i think it does. people have different views on things, and if you believe in
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homosexuality is right or wrong, that's your right as an american, but it's no reason to bully someone, and hate them. >> and make them feel worthless. >> i know you were very -- i'm going to point out you're wearing a bandana that jamey wore, says gaga on this. >> he made this and said he was going to wear it every day of the school year. >> you're wearing a shirt that says "it gets better" wearing fwa ga on your arms, and you're pointing out lady gaga because as we saw in the piece she dedicated a song to him, said jamey, i know you're up there looking at us, you're not a victim, and also ricky martin tweeted his 4 million followers saying how many lives do we have to lose to finally stop the harassment, hatred, bigotry and abuse? only after his death did you see what he had posted online, jamey, he said "i always say how
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bullied i am, but no one listens. what do i have to do so that people will listen to me?" did he confide his feelings to you? did you wish he confided more? >> back in fifth, sixth and seventh grade he used to talk about it openly. he had a rough three years. eighth grade went pretty darned good but it was more sticking up to are other people and this year everything seemed to be going wonderful for him. he asked him every day after school, you know, what's going on? are you getting bullied, and he just kept it in, and was putting on the brave face for everybody, and had he said it once to me, you know, because i asked him, has it followed you to high school, and he said no to us. had he once said it -- >> but you don't want that brave face to be the last part of the story. you say you don't want him to die in vain. what is your message to parents listening right now, some of whom are parents of gay
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children, some of whom know their kids have been bullied in the past, and who want to protect their children from this kind of feeling of worthlessness that your son felt after all of this bullying. what do you want to say about it? >> my message to the parents is badger your kids and make them talk or get them the help they need. there's lots and lots of other people that maybe they'll talk to. there's a lot of organizations out there that maybe they'll talk to, but get them to talk. we try to get jamey to talk to us constantly, and he just kept it in. he just put up a brave face but just don't let it go, if you know they've been bullied in the past, keep on them, go to the school, do whatever you have to, to make sure that they're getting the help they need. >> you had a beautiful boy. >> yes, he'll forever be in our hearts. >> and i can see that you are firmly committed to making sure
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we remember who he was and what he stood for. >> yes, and basically we say we can't do this on our own but we are going to carry on jamey's mission and everyone across america, across the world, whatever anybody can do to stand up for everybody, everybody else. >> tracy and tim rodemeyer, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> we're so sorry for your suffering. >> thank you very much. >> we'll be right back. ♪ do we have aflac... aflac... and major medical? major medical, boyyyy! [ beatboxing ] ♪ i help pay the doctor ♪ ain't that enough for you? ♪ there are things major medical doesn't do. aflac! pays cash so we don't have to fret. [ together ] ♪ something families should get ♪ ♪ like a safety net ♪ even helps pay deductibles, so cover your back, get... ♪ a-a-a-a-a-a-a-aflac! [ male announcer ] help protect your family at [ beatboxing ]
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deals. good morning april and joan. joan you have a family of nine. an average how much do you spend per month? >> about $200 and get about $5,000 of groceries and donate will 80% of that. >> april, you have seven teenagers. what are you forking out? >> seven teenagers and an infant to we do about $400 a month but that includes feeding other members of our parish, about 200 people we feed on the weekends. >> both of you are helping other folks with the couponing craze. this is a bunch of items you got with coupons at extreme discounts or in some cases free, a huge va irrelevariety. i get it's $1 off or 50 cents off. >> the artificial sweetener made it free. every time i bought one i made $1.50 in store credit so i
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bought $100 and used the $150 t mulch my yard. >> do clerk freak out when you see them? >> a lot of times they get excited, with he bring our coupon entourage when we're donating to shelters and they'll septemb set up a line for us. we stay within the guidelines get and and donate it. >> this is a huge organizational thing, where do the coupons come from, more than just the sunday paper. >> for me in particular i don't have time to go through the newspaper and clip so i go to clipping services and order coupons that way, i can get in and get out, see what my specials are, get my coupons organized and they send them to me so i don't spend too much time. >> joni huge time xhismecommitm? >> if you are doing it yourself.,, blogs,
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i have a blog,, shows you how to get the matches and the frees. there's a lot of things you can use. >> other people want to do this. >> it can be done. >> fascinating story, joni and april. the new season of "extreme >> live, local, late-breaking. this is a wbal-tv 11 news update. >> good morning. i mindy basara. let's get a final check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> good morning. we have been dealing with fog and its impact in the right. southbound 95 at 175 there's an accident. it's off to the side, but there are delays especially passed this area down toward the capital beltway. 175 at charter oaks, watch for
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lane closures due to wires down. southbound 295 heavy from 100 down to a 198. aside outer loop is slow there and on the other side. south on the harrisburg expressway a, from padonia down to the beltway, tapping the brakes. a rough ride. a rough ride of the inner loop approaching the jfx. sparks, that accidents when -- the accident in sparks has cleared. once you get on to the jfx in the southbound direction, those are the biggest delays. let's look at traffic in the area of bellaire road. going away from us is our look traffic at its very heavy from approaching 95 all the way to the harrisburg expressway. now to tony pann. >> good morning. we still have fairly thick fog out there.
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that should burn off over the next couple hours. there might be a peak of sunshine this afternoon. heavy rains still in the northern part of carroll county moving toward pennsylvania. showers moving south to north out of southern maryland. showers off and on today and maybe a thunderstorm today. fog will burn off, high temperature of 79. very little changed tomorrow and thursday. dry weather on the weekend. >> thanks for joining us. another update at 8:55.
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8:30 now on a tuesday morning, it's september 27th, 2011, good morning, everyone. our crowd is in a good mood this morning, donating school supplies to communities in need for our education nation
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campaign, and that's our good friend jianna dilorenzo pitching in. if you go to our website we'll tell you how you can donate to a school in your own community. former bush lady is stopping by our plaza for a live interview. >> as a mother and former teacher, she'll share her thoughts with us and what she's doing to try to get our schools on the right track. >> when giana is done collecting education supplies she's going to be heading back up to our kitchen, making her favorite chili recipes including a chili recipe that calls for chocolate. >> hey now, that's what i'm all about. yes. >> all right, also coming up if you have a half sibling out there, would you want to meet them? two young women connected by the
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same anonymous sperm donor who found each other online, share their emotional story coming up. >> first, now i can throw to the weather. >> all righty. for the last off hour we forgot about it. wet weather in the northeast, a little fog, showers in the pacific northwest, wet weather stretching down through the gulf coast, and then as we move on into tomorrow, that upper level low slowly makes its way out of the country, we're going to be looking at more rain in the northeast, along the southeastern atlantic coast into the panhandle of florida, western two-thirds of the country sunny, mild, to downright hot from texas on into interior sections of nevada and california. >> good morning. off and on showers. some pretty thick fog this morning.
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>> don't forget you can check your weather any time of the day or not, go to the weather channel on cable or online. now let's check in with uncle willy scott. hey, uncle willy. >> i love the name agnes, my name was agnes mcintosh and she puffed up rolled dough. let me get my glasses while the jam jars spins around for your happiness. oh, agnes chartier, she is from leawood, kansas, i don't know that i've been there, i will
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someday, 104, looking forward to getting 104 cards on her 104th birthday. ruby streets of west branch, iowa, 102, the fair loves to play all kinds of games, bingo is her favorite, receives fl flowers all the time and likes to bowl. not on top of the flowers but you no he what i mean. frederick petzold from oshkosh, bygosh. 100 years old today, was an avid, i mean avid fisherman for years at 100 and loves to volunteer and help people in the neighborhood where he lives. here's william cox jr., he is from warner robins, georgia. how about that. anyway, loves to drink wine.
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he's a very nice wine connoisseur, a little ripple, that's a good year. esther volk of carry, north carolina, 100 years old today and loves to give great advice. she's the guru of swami in the neighborhood, down on the swami river, and bernice lockhart of jacksonville, illinois, 100 years old today, still reads all the newspapers and she doesn't need glasses. wish i could say that. back to new york. still ahead a live interview with former first lady laura bush. first this is "today" on nbc.
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education nation today is
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proudly brought to you by university of fee mix because we believe an educated world is a better world. >> so we've made our way to the set of nbc's "education nation" and we're now joined by former first lady laura push and she has made education her signature issue during her husband's administration and she's carrying on her work through the george w. bush presidential center in dallas. mrs. bush, what a pleasure. good morning. >> good morning, ann. >> welcome back to our broadcast. >> thanks. >> you have spent so many years as an elementary school teacher, as a librarian, but now when it's possible for you to rest on your laurels, you're still working on education. why are you still working on this challenge? >> because i'm still interested in education and i think it's very important for everyone to continue to work on education and talk about education, and it's never over. it's something we have to work on every year, because there's a new class that comes in, or
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there's a new group of teachers that start teaching for the first time, and it's really important for our children and frankly, for our whole country that we try to really make sure children all over our country get a great education. >> one of the initiatives from the bush institutes specifically focuses on principles. >> that's right. >> training principles. now why this focus on principles? why are principles so important? >> principals structure the schools, they have a way to help their teachers and children succeed. they're the ones who can change the curriculum, if they see what they're doing isn't working, so it's really important. there are also only about 90,000 principals nationwide. there are probably 6 or 7 million teachers. principals are the ones who can make sure that every year children have an effective teacher. we know that what really makes children have a good education
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is if they have an effective teacher every single year, and principals can make sure that happens. >> they're the leaders. >> they're the leaders of the schools and so what we've announced is called arol, the alliance to reform educational leadership. we're working with preparation programs around the country, working with the colleges of education, with large school districts, with state school districts and looking at all of the different ways principals are prepared and recruited, and then what we want to do is help other school districts in other states really figure out instead of reinventing the wheel really figure out the ways they can make sure their principals are both prepared to be great leaders and to structure really great schools, and also that their principals have the authority aligned with their responsibility to make sure their schools are excellent.
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>> how widespread is this effort to train these principals? how many principals do you hope to train? what's at goal? >> our goal is in ten years to have half of those 90,000 principals certified in some sort of certification or training. it's a very big and audacious project. right now we're just at the stage where we're working with all these different groups who do principal training and principal recruitment to figure out the best, what are the best practices, and how can we get those best practices out to school districts everywhere. >> meantime i need to ask you, just last week, the education secretary arouretary arne dunca there would be adjustments in the no child left behind policy. with 20/20 hindsight is it possible adjustments make sense now, it's time to look at no child left behind?
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>> absolutely. we know that on any legislation that as time goes on it's a good exami idea to examine it, to see what's working in legislation and what can be changed and i think that's what has happened. they've looked at it and they had these ideas but one of the things they say that we certainly agree with is that accountability is very important. if we don't measure and assess our students' progress, then we won't know how they are progressing, and what we can do to change to make sure we're addressing the needs that they have, and that's one of the things that accountability does. it gives us the chance to diagnose the problems in education and then to come up with the solutions or the right curriculum or the most effective way to train teachers to take care of those problems. >> you talk about coming up with bright solutions but we're living through such a contentious time as you know miss first lady. do you believe that we can actually solve these problems of
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education, given these times? >> i do. i think it's something that we'll work on forever. it isn't something we'll finish tomorrow but i do think we can. it's not a zero sum game. there's not just one way to do anything. there's a myriad of ways to do it, and we know that. we can tell that charter schools are successful in many cases, that all boys education or all girls education and many public school districts especially large urban school districts are trying to offer their children in their districts a myriad of possibilities. magnet schools that just emphasize science and math or the arts are other ways to help children be successful, and then to really be able to graduate a high school with a good job opportunity or a chance to go to college. >> all right, we're going to continue our conversation here at education nation, but now we're going to say good-bye to our audience at the "today" show and tell you that you can watch more of this conversation if you'd like on
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♪ we're back now at 8:45, cooking with giada de laurentiis, making short ribs topped with shaved chocolate. i pause but it's you. >> i know. >> before we talk about the beef what's going on here? what are you it putting in it? >> this is a bit of a departure for me, it gives it a rich and smoky flavor to this chili. we have ancho chilies, and new mexico also known as anaheim
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chilies. these are spicy. you can take the seeds out and just make it a mild but smoky chili. >> got it. >> you chop those up, put them in hot water for five minutes to soften them and puree them in the blender so it looks like this, gives it body. brown the short ribs, i'm using beef short ribs, nice big thick cuts, lots of meat and tender. brown them, season with salt and pepper and brown them. take them out. in that fat you see in there, which is good stuff, you can skim it off later. add red onion, garlic -- >> is that coffee? it is espresso? no kidding. is it going to have a molee taste? >> exactly. it gives it a nice kick and technically in northern italy we do a lot of espresso chocolate and beef, not necessarily with the chilies but sort of a combination of southwestern italian dish. >> a little oregano and --
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>> cumin and beef broth. >> this goes in the fat that comes off the beef. >> and add the beef short ribs back in here, put them in the oven covered for two and a half hours, slowly kiss integrates and falls apart? >> it's better over time? >> you put it in the oven at 350 and forget it for two and a half hours and it's even better the next day. that's the great thing about chili. this is what it ends up looking like. you add all of the meat back in there, take the meat out there and shred it off of the bone. you add the black beans as well and you add if you want a little more of a smoky kick chipotle, chipotle peppers in a can, puree them. >> that's optional. >> it depends. >> on the more spice you want. >> you take this and cut, this was hot, you'd have to let it cool down but cut it in chunks
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or you can shred it, add the meat back in, and let it simmer in five minutes. >> how are we going to serve all this? >> so moving all over here, look at the colors. i like to serve it over creamy polenta with corn. >> this is not your typical bowl of chili. >> this is giada version. >> it's working for you. >> i like to set up a topping bar, scallions, bacon, chilies, lime. pick your topping and i'll pick mine. >> okay, all right. i'm going to, can i just do it with my fingers? >> there's a spoon. it's just me and you lester, all good. >> i want to put the scallions and i like the bacon. >> typical. just kidding. >> i want to try the chocolate. what is that going to do? >> sweet and smoky. >> i'll get my spoon. >> a little scallion because it looks so pretty. >> a little shot of that,
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poleta. >> look at lester goin'. >> you no he what? the chocolate works. >> you like it? >> it does have a molee kind of taste and flavor. >> the chocolate gives it a little bit of sweetness. >> we need to move back. because if you don't like beef i got a great vegetarian chili verde. this is what we do in a pot. tomatios, peel them and clean them, sort of like tomatoes, onions, yam. >> almost out of time. show us what it looks like when all of this is done. >> this is what it looks like and i serve it with cornbread. >> and i'll take a quick bite. >> or dip it with the cornbread. >> excellent. excellent. giada de laurentiis always fun to have you here, chocolate on your chili. still ahead, the hottest fall fashions. first this is "today" on nbc.
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children are conceived every day with the help of anonymous sperm donors. when they're older how much should they know about where they came from and what rights do they have to meet potential half siblings? a new document dear from the style network called "sperm donor" tells the story of half siblings who find each other. >> i'm flying out to arizona to
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surprise karas on her prom. people might say well your family is your family, blood doesn't matter, but to me it does matter. hi. >> hi. oh, my god! hi! >> hi. wow! surprise, oh my gosh. >> yeah, surprise. >> i can't believe you're here. >> yeah, i flew out. >> wow, hi. >> adrian van volkemer-brown and karas feldman, good morning to you. >> thank you. >> that was the first time you met karas your half sister as it turns out. you had been talking, communicating on facebook and found yourself through the donor sibling registry. >> right. >> what was that moment for you, to finally meet her? >> i was so nervous before it all happened. i just thought what if she doesn't like me? it's going to be so awkward, i'm really shy, but we just clicked instantly, and she, you know,
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she's so outgoing, she just jumped up and gave me a hug and it was great. >> karas you weren't expecting that. you knew about her but weren't expecting the visit getting ready for your prom. >> it was such a surprise. i never expected to have the opportunity to meet adrian in person. >> did you recognize her immediately? >> i did. we contacted each other on facebook a few months prior to that. i found out later her parents thought that her showing up at my prom might traumatize me, but that didn't turn out to be the case. >> quite the opposite, a good thing. back to your respective chooi childhoods. adrian at what point did you decide you wanted to find out who your biological father was? >> i was 18 my freshman year of college and i just decided that it would be a good thing to know for sure. >> that was quite traumatic. you grew up with a traditional family, your father turns out -- >> i have a great dad, yeah.
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>> it ourturns out he wasn't yo biological father. they used a spoeerm donor. had to be a difficult moment. >> it was bittersweet because upset about i thought for sure he was going to be my biological father. there was some question there, but you know, after the initial shock of it all, i realized i'm going to have half siblings out there, and i'm going to have people who can connect to me and are like me and it's been just that, it's been great. >> look how rewarding it is, you met karas but turns out you both found out you have other half siblings, about eight of them that you know of right now. >> there are eight of us total. >> i know you've been active in trying to meet them as well, right? >> um-hum. >> adrian your situation, did you want to find out who your bi biological father as well? >> i definitely did. i had a bit of a different childhood growing up. my mother passed away when i was
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7 and i was adopted and my adopted mother passed away when i was 13 so i had curiosity as to who my biological father was and i was imagining the possibilities about meeting him, asking him questions and when i finally had solid information to look for him off of the donor number, i was able to join the donor sibling registry with the intent of finding him. i didn't even consider i'd be able to meet half siblings. >> it raises a lot of questions about regulation i think when it comes to the possibility of sperm donation, so we're going to be following your story. ladies thanks so much. a great documentier, adrian and karas. catch the premiere of "sperm don donor" tonight on the style network. just ahead, answers to your diet questions. we're back after your local news. >> live, local, late-breaking. this is a wbal-tv 11 news update. >> good morning. i mindy basara. here's a look at one of our top
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story this morning. fire crews continue to battle a three-alarm tire shop fire from yesterday afternoon. part of the building in the 4100 block of west belvidere avenue collapsed. crews had to fight the fire from the outside. one man suffered second-degree burns to his hands.
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>> welcome back. we still have low clouds and fog in some areas. maybe showers and storms this afternoon. you might get a pick a sunshine later today. 79 for the high temperature. on the weekend we should be drying out. temperatures will drop into the 60's. >> we will have another update at 9:25 of the weather. at 9:25 of the weather.
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